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LOST SIGNAL: Eviscerate

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 07 2006
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Artist: LOST SIGNAL (@)
Title: Eviscerate
Format: CD
Label: 23 DB (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
We had to wait a while for this comeback – the comeback of the year maybe - and at some online forums already some rumors came up that this known act has ended all activities. But Charles Rehill returns here with a new full length CD almost five years after his successful debut "Catharsis", which got released originally on the long out of business Inception Records. "Catharsis" to that time became a classic and tracks like "Strain" or "Regret" are still up-to-date sounding Futurepop pearls. Maybe also thanks to the fact that "Catharsis" got produced by Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23, Charles could enter a not expected attention and this debut album brought him on the same stages like the mentioned ASSEMBLAGE 23 and VNV NATION. For some reasons Charles had unfortunately to take a break from being a musician – that’s hard for him today, because nothing will be like it was, his absence was surely a bit long and Charles has almost to start from scratch again. Luckily Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23 still stands faithful to Charles, this time being leader of the label 23DB Records, which now brought us this new "Eviscerate" album. Although there isn’t a special website up for this label, please keep in mind what happened with Tom’s last featured act, BACKANDTOTHELEFT, they got signed to Metropolis Records. An initiative which could also happen to LOST SIGNAL. By listening this new album I got the impression that the globally sound of Charles hasn’t changed that much. The kind of composition, the sound and the kind he sets in his vocals and several Synth arrangements show some similarities, but before people start to argue against this and spread nonsense words like "stagnancy", they’d better take a look to this music genre called Electro/Industrial/Futurepop with all the highs and depths of the past years generally. Although five years later released than the debut, "Eviscerate" sounds modern and like a logical follow-up – and so it is. Some musical maturity also Charles has experienced through the years like the use of some IDM and Breakbeat elements ("Distance"). So "Eviscerate" holds all expected properties on board, danceable Synth-/Futurepop tunes like the catchy "Locked Away", "Drowning" or "Perfect Sky" go in an undisturbed connection with slower, ballad-like tracks like "Mourn" or "Blind". Also Charles’ introspective kind of lyrics avoiding almost all cliches often heard in this genre are surely another outstanding point not only of this production – no, it’s a trademark of Charles generally. So we got a nice comeback release which doesn’t leave any wishes unfulfilled. Charles Rehill sends out a stronger signal than ever, hopefully it won’t get lost for another five years.

VV.AA.: NEIN RAID Compilation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 05 2006
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: NEIN RAID Compilation
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a kind of label compilation of the San Diego-based Nein Records and it offers you mostly two tracks of each signed or related bands to that label. Also some well named guests are featured here to keep this compilation interesting. So the presented music deals mainly with some rough Powernoise efforts in both kinds, rhythmically (EPIDEMIA, the Crunch Pod Media recording artist C/A/T featuring Crunch Pod chief Ben Arp, MOS[K], the well known Hands-recording PROYECTO MIRAGE and also H.I.V.+, no further need to introduce this act) and static XIPE TOTEC, COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL EQUATION, but also Ambient tunes (HAR_ROOT) and some real Electro/Industrial pieces (SLAAVE). Something special got offered by – as usual MIMETIC BE-AT with a slight oriental arranged track and CHUIBIT, a side-project of the Spanish EPIDEMIA providing us a kind of "good-night" Synth tune for a tight sleeping. So diversity is well filled in here and almost everyone can be able to pick out his favorite genre. A bit open-minded is surely helpful here, good compilation.

Tracklist:
1. Epidemia - Fiebre en la Pasarela
2. C/A/T - Headshot
3. Proyecto Mirage and Pablo Guiareta - Knowledge about Christianity
4. H.I.V.+ - Havoc 2027 (Le Diktat remix)
5. Mos[K] - Raid Beat
6. Mimetic Be-At - SDAA27
7. Xipe Totec - Copilli Quetzalli
8. Mos[K] - Scape Motion
9. Slaave - Burning Souls
10. Complex Mathematical Equation - Equation of Circle
11. Cubuibit - Thelma y los Duendecillos
12. Har Root - Border Hack
13. Har Root - Hacktivist
14. Slaave - Viral Staircase
15. Complex Mathematical Equation - 1,110 ft/sec


MISSTRIP: Sibylline

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 05 2006
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Artist: MISSTRIP (@)
Title: Sibylline
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
When I received this CD from Prikosnovenie I double read the label name on the cover, because Misstrip is sounding like nothing they had previously released. It’s like the label is wishing to do a big step by producing a band that could fit the MTV listings. Misstrip sound mix a little bit of Bjork (see the vocals on tracks like the opening "A ticket to death" or on "Alcamy) with electronics a la Sneaker Pimps as well guitar riffs that make me think about Evanescence or Lacuna Coil. The different tracks offers these kind of sounds alternating delicate moments to energetic semi metal atmospheres but having always electronic arrangements. The vocals cover a wide range of musical styles as sometimes it recall me the heavenly style, so dear to the label, the fore mentioned Bjork and the energy of the rock metal bands. The production is real at the top and the "A ticket to death" video is well packet. The only thing is that for my tastes this kind of music is too mainstream but for sure Misstrip will be able to break the walls of indifference that surround the new projects. Good luck!
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Artist: Frank Tovey
Title: FAD GADGET by Frank Tovey
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Mute / EMI
Rated: *****
This is a 2CD/2DVD collection as a long awaited and need melange to praise one of the leading pioneers of electronic music generally, FAD GADGET aka Frank Tovey. Frank died too soon in 2002 after a heart attack and this documentary got selected with permission by his family, the Mute clan with Daniel Miller and several friends, band members and collaborators who did follow the extra-ordinary life of Frank through the years. A new 60 minutes long documentary with several explanations by among others Boyd Rice, Dave Gahan, Martin L. Gore and so on, live cuts, video clips of the thoughts and extravagant performance by Frank is surely the highlight of this collection item. The audio stuff of course features all relevant milestones of his unforgettable music career, "Back To Nature", "Ricky’s Hand" (co-produced by Daniel Miller of Mute – isn’t it not funny, how much sounds and ideas featured in this track got two years later used on a well known album named "Speak And Spell" by a young and unknown band called DEPECHE MODE???), the always used and still on airplay "Love Parasite" or the ordinary "Collapsing New People". But also his later career after Frank has decided to drop his FAD GADGET moniker and simply start to produce under his very own name. Besides the electronic content of his music he started to integrate more acoustic instruments like guitars, a banjo and some real drums. He has created to those days a modern kind of Folk music, which was highly underrated for sure. "Bridge Street Shuffle", the cover of a British classic "Sam Hall", or "The Liberty Tree" are for sure the outstanding pieces of his work. In 2001 he re-animated FAD GADGET to join DEPECHE MODE on their "Exciter" tour, 21 years after the days, when DM supported FAD GADGET on his gigs. Frank was a real visionary and true performer and it’s hard to pick up all relevant info in this review. For all of the younger people listening electronic-minded music I can only recommended to purchase this historical important item – you can learn a lot from it! A must-buy for the elders of course which re-animates the life and being of this unforgettable musician. Essential!

DVD DISC 1

Frank Tovey by Fad Gadget Documentary

TV performances and promos
1.Ricky's Hand (Neon, a short film by Alex Proyas) 2. Life On The Line (Karrussel TV performance) 3. Collapsing New People (Formula Eins TV performance) 4. Luxury (Karrussel TV performance) 5. Luddite Joe 6. Bridge Street Shuffle 7. Sam Hall 8. The Liberty Tree 9. All That Is Mine

Grand Union, a short film + hidden easter egg

DVD DISC2

Live performances: New York City Mud Club Coitus Interruptus

Hacienda - 28th Feb 1984 1. State Of The Nation 2. Coitus Interruptus 3. King Of The Flies 4. I Discover Love 5. Ideal World 6. Collapsing New People 7. One Man's Meat 8. The Ring 9. Jump 10. Ad Nauseam 11. Lemmings On Lover's Rock 12. Love Parasite 13. For Whom The Bells Toll 14. Ricky's Hand 15. Back To Nature

Whatever You Want 1. Intro 2. Coitus Interruptus 3. Sheep Look Up 4. For Whom The Bells Toll
Hotel Suburbia 1. Life On The Line 2. For Whom The Bells Toll / Interview 3. Ladyshave 4. Back To Nature
Exciter Tour 1. State Of The Nation 2. Ricky's Hand 3. Love Parasite
The Garage 1. Worried Man 2. Ricky's Hand 3. Collapsing New People 4. Chasing The Blues Away 5. Luxury 6. The Box 7. Ladyshave 8. Love Parasite 9. Fireside Favourite 10. Coitus Interruptus 11. Ad Nauseam 12. Back To Nature

CD DISC 1
1.Swallow It 2. Jump 3. Ideal World 4. Luddite Joe 5. Under the Flag II 6. Bridge St Shuffle 7. Sam Hall 8. The Liberty Tree (Single Version) 9. Cities Of The Plain 10. Chasing The Blues Away 11. All That Is Mine

Collaborations
Frank Tovey and Boyd Rice 12. Easy Listening - Ex 2
Mkultra 13. Immobilise

Unreleased tracks
14. A Place With The Pigs (theatre music)
15. Sleeper

CD DISC 2
Unreleased Demo Tracks 1. State Of The Nation 2. The Box 3. Salt Lake City Sunday 4. Coitus Interruptus 5. Back To Nature
Released Versions 6. State Of The Nation 7. The Box 8. Salt Lake City Sunday 9. Coitus Interruptus
Fans' Top Five 10. Back To Nature 11. Ricky's Hand 12. Ladyshave 13. Collapsing New People 14. Love Parasite
T emple X Tribute 15. Sorogui




ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT: R.I.P.

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 05 2006
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Artist: ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT (@)
Title: R.I.P.
Format: CD
Label: UnderIze Records
Rated: *****
This is the musically output of DJ Negative aka Sergey Losyakov who hails from Moscow, Russia. He presents us here with "R.I.P." which surely is meant a reference to the strange project name, his vision of electronic music and how it has to sound. Like several of his more or lesser known DJ colleges (ADAM X, GLENN LOVE...), also the music of _ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT offers a mixture of different styles which works well for the moment. Globally said there’s a decent EBM mood on this first debut CD and this is much appreciated. Not that Techno-inspired hardcore stuff of nowadays productions, more the finer kind of the old-school. But Sergey also understands it well to integrate some slower and more experimental-minded, like the Ambient-inspired track "Think Twice". Favorites I’ve found with "The Lost Train", a fine arranged Chill-Out EBM piece and the dramatically produced "The Ring", a real floor smasher. Several samples which got used in this track are taken out of the same named Japanese movie. Already with this well done debut Sergey demonstrates that there’s more talent than simply to scratch some vinyl records on the turntables. Keep it on, Towaritsch!


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